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Ang Lee directs the live-action feature film The Hulk, based on the Marvel comic book created by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby. Emotionally stunted Dr. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) is part of a research team at the University of California at Berkeley. Corporate hustler Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas) takes notice of the lab and makes plans to take it over. Then Bruce accidentally gets hit by an experimental ray and grows into a huge beast, destroying the lab in the process. A creepy janitor who claims to be his real father, Dr. David Banner (Nick Nolte), starts to secretly use the experimental… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[An] enjoyable summer behemoth."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Big, dopey and crammed with special effects that take the breath away."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Whatever problems it has as a story, at least Hulk tried, honestly and desperately, to push the comic book move into new places emotionally and stylistically."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A turgid, CGI-Frankenstein reject"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Lee and Schamus try on film genres like The Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill tries on human skin."
‑ Keith Uhlich, UGO
"Nice as it would be to report that Ang and his co-writer/producer James Schamus had regenerated the summer blockbuster, we gotta poop the party."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Despite the profusion of computer-generated effects, which rousingly bring the green guy to life, I often felt, for better and for worse, that I was watching a comic-book movie reconceived as a piece of serious mythmaking."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The Hulk lacks personality; not a great movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The spectacular special effects and Lee's use of split screens provide some relief in a nonetheless tedious tale in which Nick Nolte (looking much like his recent mug shot) provides several unintentional laughs as Banner's father."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"The only Ang Lee film where he shows even a modicum of originality in his direction or any real personality or interesting visual flair."
‑ Derek Smith, Apollo Guide
"An interesting effort to give one of the staples of mass entertainment something extra in the way of insight and feeling."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Unlike your average comic-book blockbuster, The Hulk isn't a bad cartoon. It's a bad modern Greek tragedy."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The best comic book adaptation I've seen so far with an excellent cast and top notch special effects..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The film almost matches the inner conflict of its titular character, intermittently bogged down even as it soars to seemingly impossible heights."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"What a strange and fascinating contraption Hulk is."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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